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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)

TITLE: The Label Game
By Laura Manley


Libby woke to sunshine warming her face. Saturday was a sleep-in day, but she didn't want to sleep in today, because today was special. Today, she had reached the pinnacle of life. Today, she became... a teenager.

Libby thought this day would never arrive. It felt to her like she had been an adolescent forever. She wondered why labels had to be put on people? Now she was going to have yet another label to go by –
teenager. Becoming a teenager, though, seemed to be more prestigious than being an adolescent. You certainly didn't go around saying, “Hi, I'm an adolescent.”

There was a gentle knock at Libby's door. Her mother entered the room, dressed in bathrobe and slippers and coffee cup in hand.

“Well, good morning, birthday girl!” Libby's mother said as she observed her little girl making her bed.

“Thanks mom. It's hard for me to believe. Today I enter into a whole new world, but you know what? I'm up for the challenge.”

Libby's mother had to turn her head slightly so Libby would not see the smile that had formed on her face.

“What should we do first today, mother? Libby asked anxiously.

“I think a little breakfast would be a good thing to begin with. Then we have several things that need to be done before the party!”

Libby let out a squeal. She was so excited. She had invited seven girls to her birthday/slumber party. The party would begin at 3:00 pm with burgers cooked on the barbecue, swimming in the family pool, and cake and ice cream. Then, of course, what party would be complete without gifts?

“Your dad's downstairs and would like the three of us to have breakfast together. He wants our gift to be given to you in private before your party, so we'll go down now, okay?”

Libby's mother didn't have to ask Libby more than once. She reached for her bathrobe and the two of them went down into the kitchen arm in arm.

Libby's dad got up from where he was sitting at the kitchen table and walked over and gave Libby one of his big “dad” hugs.

“Libby, mom and I want to give your birthday presents to you now because we don't know how much quiet time we'll have today. We have two gifts for you.

Libby could barely sit still wondering what they would could be. She had asked for an I-Pod, but didn't know if it cost too much. Her dad then handed over a neatly wrapped gift which Libby began to open. Inside the box was another box to open, and inside that box, yet another. But finally, in the third box was just what she had wanted. She jumped up and ran over and kissed and hugged them and thanked them for the gift.

“Would you like to know what your other gift is, Libby?” her dad asked.

“I sure would, dad. I had no idea I'd be receiving two gifts.”

Her mother spoke up. “Well, this gift cannot be seen nor heard right now; in fact, we can't give it to you today.”

“Can I know what it is though? Asked Libby somewhat puzzled.

“Yes, honey, you may,” her dad answered. “Libby, you are going to have the privilege of being a big sister to a brother or sister in about seven months.”

Libby stood speechless, allowing the news to sink in. Then all of a sudden, she again ran over to her parents, with tears streaming down her face. She knew over the years how much they had wanted another child and for them to announce their happiness on her birthday meant so much to her. She felt as though she not only was becoming a teenager that day, but would have a new label soon - big sister. Both were labels she looked forward to wearing!

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Dawne Biggs07/23/09
This almost made me cry. I actually felt happy with the birthday girl I like this sotry a lot!
Jackie Wilson07/25/09
A lovely story, enjoyed the dialogue.
diana kay07/27/09
Oh nice! I like the title and the idea about labels. This child is still in the childhood phase and not yet a terrible teen. Her excitement and enthusiasm at the birthday illustrates this well and the extra presnet that was a lovely surprise for the reader as well.
Good to have a touching one in the midst of all the teenage angst!!
BILL HUNT07/29/09
Nicely written story of the priorities in life. Yes, children are a reward from the Lord, Teens and Infants!
Mona Purvis07/29/09
This family is The Cleavers? Just kidding. This would be the family any young girl would be proud to be a part of. Mom and daughter walking arm in arm downstairs. Making the bed. I want this family!!
Good writing.